Port Renfrew, BC

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May 25th, 2018, 08:45 PM
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Port Renfrew, BC

a friend and i spent 3 nights on the near west shore between port renfrew and sooke in early may. normally a trip to port renfrew means low tide at botanical beach provincial park as a day trip. this visit we wanted to go beyond port to see the ancient tall trees in the avatar grove.
we stayed 2 nights at remote renfrew riverside retreat (www.remoterenfrew.com; 1-250-647-0087) which has recently been renovated by friendly new owners diane and ron. there are 2 cabins on 7 acres on an island in the middle of the san juan river. absolute peace and quite ( apart from the warm welcome from aspen the canine greeter.
well stocked fire pit and wood stove kept us warm and content.there is river on both sides with a mix of bush and meadow ( a great place to star gaze.

the avatar grove is about a 40 minute leisurely drive. it is home to canada's gnarliest tree! well constructed stairs and boarwalks wind both up and down from the road. the trees are spectacular and the site in early may was uncrowded. in the vicinity are other tall ancients

afternoon allowed time for a ramble down to the tide pools at botanical beach. these are always spectacular and teeming with sealife. late in the afternoon midweek , the park was fairly empty of humans!
we spent our last night of the 3 at point no point nopoint (pointnopointresort.com) in one of the shorefront cabins on the cliff above the ocean. well quite comfortable and cozy ( complete with hot tub on the deck) it is less comfortably casual the remote renfrew riverside retreat and well fitted out. there are however a few to many rules for complete relaxation. the restaurant is absolutely first class with delicious well prepared food and spectacular views over the coast from our table.

it was a nice change to enjoy the west coast highway and not need to drive out and back in one day. the entire drive beyond sooke is beautiful winding road with one lane bridges over creeks and beach acces at parks including french beach, china beach, sandcut and jordan river

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May 25th, 2018, 09:07 PM
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Sounds like a lovely trip!

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Jun 2nd, 2018, 10:34 AM
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yes lee ann it was. it's lovely coast/forest and not as long (nor as crowded) a drive as the trip to more well known tofino. hope all is well in NM for you and family.
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